December 7, 2020


A young couple request friends and neighbours provide them with meals and do their housework after the birth of their new baby.

The couple put a request on “giving” website Meal Train and listed 30 diet-specific recipes. They added tha if those could not be provided, asked for neighbours to perform chores such as washing their dishes or walking their dog.

“As the father-to-be, I’m teetering on a fence of emotions,” the dad-to-be wrote on Meal Train, though the post has since been deleted.

“One of the things I’m most afraid of is not getting a great deal of sleep and as a result not being in the best frame of mind to offer my wife the support she needs to recover from the child-birthing process.

“That’s why I’m putting together this ‘Meal-Train’ or ‘Mental-health check-in train’ or ‘Do you need any help today train,’“ he continued.

“A meal would be awesome. If you feel comfortable reaching out before you arrive to see if we might need anything else – that’d be even more awesome.”

Gourmet Meals and Paleo Muffins

Included in their list of requests were their favourite meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including paleo breakfast egg muffins with thinly sliced cremini mushrooms, chocolate peanut butter energy balls and lamb meatball stew with orzo.

“If we could use some food but prefer no distractions, I’ll put a big white cooler in our side yard,” the dad wrote.

Out Of Touch

While the posting has been deleted, one neighbour, Jack Jokinen shared screenshots to Twitter.

“I think it’s way too much and completely out of touch,” Jokinen told the New York Post.

“Maybe there’s some bigger issue that we don’t know about, like a health issue, but in those situations you put that [information] in … it seems like the husband is unprepared and his primary concern is his sleep. There are a lot of ways to make meals very quickly.”

The parents-to-be received quite some backlash as you can imagine.

“I apologize if it was taken the wrong way – and I’m frankly just very surprised and a little disheartened by … the response,” the dad-to-be who says the post was mainly for friends and family, told the Post.

meal train

What do you think? Good idea or totally ridiculous?

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  • Really??? Strange but true story I think. Perhaps it was a joke


  • He cannot be serious! It seems over the top!


  • Never needed this sort of help with any of my kids, even after the demise of my first husband. Just so amazed at what I see these days.


  • Receiving without Asking would have been better.


  • I have 3 kids and having the first one is definitely the hardest. But this is just ridiculous ????‍♀️


  • Can’t believe this , what have we come to


  • This is funny, makes me wonder how families managed and thrived before all these things were available..


  • This was way too much and over the top.


  • this one made me laugh…ha ha I wish


  • Wow… another over the top request story.
    I honestly don’t get these people and their demands. I’d be happy to receive any help or gifts. Not everyone is as fortunate to have people offer help or give gifts. They should just be grateful that they were able to conceive and have a roof over their head which is more than what homeless or less fortunate people have.


  • I think helping new parents is fine.But this is too much.


  • This made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. What a sense of entitlement! Suck it up and take care of your own family.


  • Maybe that is normal for his family


  • This has been going around for a while – they’ve probably got six kids by now! And hopefully they’ve made their expectations more reasonable.


  • I’d have no problems helping with some of the housework and I wouldn’t mind making a meal or 2 but you shouldn’t ask for specifics. If they don’t like what I’d serve then that is their choice.


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